Some local 'specials'

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Subject: Some local 'specials'
From: "Elizabeth Shaw" <>
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2005 22:40:53 +1100
Over the last few weeks I have had a few 'Special" sightings I thought I should tell Birding-Ausers about.
1. An (early?) Swift Parrot flying from a Flowering Gum 2 doors up the street. Different shape and flight from the usual suspects in that tree at this time of the year - Musk and Rainbow Lorikeets
2. A Striated Pardalote in a tree in the other direction down the street - usually only Spotted Pardalote!
3. Saw a good range of ducks, etc and heard Clamorous Reed-warbler and Little Grassbird at King Rd STW in Bass/Corinella while doing a survey for Westernport Water Board.
4. Watched a pair of Australian Hobby over the local Community House in Cowes.
The sights you see when not expecting them - a good justification for always carrying a pair of lightweight binoculars in the backpack - even when 'just slipping down the street to get the paper/milk/whatever!'
Elizabeth Shaw
Phillip Island,
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